A senior figure in the Somali militant group al-Shabab has told the BBC it carried out a deadly attack on a shopping centre in neighbouring Kenya. Al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaeda, said the attack was in response to Kenya´s presence in Somalia, where its troops have been fighting the militants since 2011. A senior Kenyan security official has put the death toll at 11. However, the Red Cross says at least 30 people were killed and dozens injured. On its Twitter feed, the al-Qaeda-linked group said it confirmed it was behind what it called the "Westgate spectacle". The attackers
Gunmen who opened fire at a shopping centre killing at least 25 and injuring dozens more today let muslims go free if they could prove they were Islamic. Witnesses caught up in the attack at Westlands Shopping Centre, in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, said anyone who could recite a muslim prayer to their captors was allowed to leave unscathed. But the attackers turned their guns on anyone who could not prove their Islamic credentials. Sir Simon Fraser, the Foreign Office´s chief civil servant and head of the Diplomatic Service, said on Twitter that Britons had been caught up in the
The news that hundreds of scientists and officials from all over the world are this weekend converging on Stockholm to discuss the next 2,000-page report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) again highlights what is the most terrifying political conundrum facing our country today. Emerging in instalments over the next seven months, this report will try to convince the world, without a shred of hard evidence, that the prospect of catastrophic man-made global warming is “extremely likely”. The air is already thick with familiar claims and counterclaims, President Obama quotes yet another laughably silly paper trying to
The kind of violence that typically plagues Chicago does not handily fit the terms of the national debate on assault weapons and mass shootings. While tragedies in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and other cities have made the nation stop and take notice, the nearly daily killings in Chicago more often make headlines only by the periodic tallying of their collective toll. Most often, the approximately 500 people slain last year in Chicago were shot one at a time, usually with a handgun that could be concealed in a waistband or jacket pocket. The gun violence that unfolded Thursday night at
Bias: Heard the one about how House Republicans have passed 40-plus bills to repeal or defund ObamaCare, all of which went nowhere? It´s not true. Yet the mainstream press continues to peddle this blatant falsehood. In the run-up to Friday´s House vote to defund ObamaCare, the media tried to portray it as part of some deranged anti-ObamaCare syndrome. As evidence, they claim Republicans have already tried this dozens of times before, all to no avail. (Snip) Just one problem: Twenty percent of those bills made it to Obama´s desk and secured his signature.
NAIROBI, Kenya — An upscale mall popular with the Kenyan elite and the foreign diplomats and businesspeople who call Nairobi home turned into a war zone on Saturday, as gunmen opened fire on shoppers in an apparent terrorist attack, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more. At nightfall, the mall remained sealed off to the public as police officers and soldiers searched floor by floor for the gunmen, who were still believed to be inside with hostages. Witnesses described hearing explosions and gunfire as they fled, leaving behind blood, broken glass and carnage in what was apparently one of
At least 26 people have been killed or sucumbed to injuries following the shooting at the Westgate Shopping mall in Nairobi´s Westlands area. This is according to the Kenya Red Cross service that provided emergency response services. Red Cross also say that a further 50 people have been admitted to various hospitals with injuries ranging from gunshot wounds to fractures and cuts. The hospitals receiving patients are Aga Khan, MP Shah, Nairobi Hospital and the Kenyatta National Hospital. A combined contingent of the General Service Unit, the Kenya Defence Forces among other security agencies are currently conducting an evacuation exercise at the
A well-organised “terror gang” is believed to be behind an armed assault on a Nairobi shopping mall, senior police sources told AFP, adding they had also detained one wounded suspect. “This cannot be a normal robbery because all the survivors are saying how the group confronted them and opened fire,” a senior police official told AFP on condition he remained anonymous. “We have reports there were up to 10 or so attackers and they appeared to be wearing a similar outfit, and others covered their faces,” another police official said. “The pattern of the attack and the way they were speaking to their
MOSCOW- It looks like quarterback Tim Tebow won´t be taking his talents to Red Square, the owner of a Russian football club said Saturday. Mikhail Zaltsman told Russia´s R-Sport he offered the Heisman Trophy winner $1 million to play in two games with his Moscow Black Storm squad but Tebow declined the offer. "Unfortunately agents of Tim Tebow turned down our proposal," Zaltsman said. "I hope that it´s Tebow´s agents´ fault that the contract wasn´t signed and Tim couldn´t do anything about it." Zaltsman said the Black Storm, part of the 18-team semi-pro American Football Championship of Russia league,
A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima. The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster of monumental proportions when two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina on 23 January 1961. The bombs fell to earth after
Gunmen attacked an upscale shopping mall in the Kenyan capital on Saturday, leading to a fierce gunbattle with police and leaving dozens of casualties. The Kenyan Red Cross reported 20 dead, though a government official, Joseph Ole Lenku, only confirmed 11. Fifty more people were wounded in the attack at the mall in Nairobi, said Abbas Gullet, head of the Kenyan Red Cross. A security agent told CNN´s Lillian Leposo at the scene that the violence was a terrorist attack, but officials had yet to confirm that information, Leposo told CNN.
The most powerful typhoon of the year was eyeing landfall on Hong Kong today as it swept past the Philippines and Taiwan, sparing those countries from the worst of its wrath. Typhoon Usagi had gusts exceeding 163 mph this morning as it battered island communities in the Luzon Strait, according to the U.S. Navy´s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. China´s National Meteorological Centre announced a red alert, its highest level, as the storm maintained its track toward Hong Kong and the manufacturing heartland of the Pearl River Delta. Scroll down for video -The observatory warned that Usagi would also smash into
Afghan troops are in the midst of their deadliest fighting season since the war here began 12 years ago. That is because, as U.S.-led forces withdraw, the Afghans are fighting a different war. The Taliban are growing more aggressive. Coalition forces, taking with them their superior training and equipment, are leaving Afghan troops less able to fight and less able to save the lives of their critically wounded. The Afghan forces—including the army, national police and village self-defense police—have been losing well over 100 men a week to insurgent attacks, with close to 300 injured, through much of the summer, according
Oklahoma City - Here´s something you don´t often see in Washington: a businessman trying to repeal a law that helps his company. That´s Bob Funk´s latest mission in life. He´s the president and founder of Express Employment Services, the fifth-largest employment agency in America, with annual sales of $2.5 billion and more than 600 franchises across the country. This year he will place nearly half a million workers in jobs. "ObamaCare has been an absolute boon for my business," he says as we sit in his new office headquarters near downtown Oklahoma City.
A scuffle between two patrons at a Tigard movie theater apparently caused fears of a gun and sparked panic inside Friday, police say. No arrest was made and no one was hurt, said Jim Wolf, a Tigard police spokesman. The people involved were not identified. Officers were called about 6:10 p.m. to Regal Cinemas at 7329 S.W. Bridgeport Road to investigate reports of a gun inside, Wolf said. No evidence of any weapon was found. According to Wolf, a man urinated on a 14-year-old boy sitting near him during a showing of "Prisoners". The boy was in the theater with
Jimmy Kimmel both won and broke the Internet last week, depending on whom you ask, with his clever punking of the world in the viral video “Worst Twerk Fail EVER.” Kimmel won because he tricked everyone into believing a girl trying to make a twerking video for her boyfriend got knocked onto a coffee table by her roommate and subsequently caught on fire. Kimmel broke the Internet because he ruined, uh, people’s faith in the infallibility of the Internet. At least that seemed to be the takeaway from some of the more puzzling columns in the wake of the revelation
The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that HBO will be making a film about the 9/11 attack in Benghazi based upon the book Under Fire. HBO has a very checkered history when it comes to films that touch on politics which might be cause for concern. However, I read Under Fire the day it was released so I can say that the source material does not engage in much political speculation. The authors suggest in passing that the CIA was running the show in Libya but offer no firm conclusions about what they were doing, just a few paragraphs about possible
Is there anything more classically American than the perfect bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich? It’s salty, meaty, crispy with lettuce, rich with mayonnaise on thick toasted white bread. It’s salad and meat in one bite. And it’s the Chicago Tribune’s signature sandwich, since this newspaper gets some credit for helping popularize it in this country. “I’ve never eaten one,” said a young woman born in the former Yugoslavia. “I’ve had tomato. I’ve had bacon. But never a BLT.” How incredibly sad. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been eating BLTs made with tomatoes from my wife Betty’s garden, plus the especially fine bacon.
Watching CNN after the House voted to defund ObamaCare and keep the government running was like watching "Democrat TV: Live." As though they had agreed to every possible Democrat talking point, The Least Trustworthy Name In News immediately savaged Republicans as "radicals," "inmates running the asylum," and a political party that was holding the American economy "for ransom." To make matters worse, from my own personal viewing, it seemed to take more than two hours for anyone at CNN to bother to inform their viewers of the news that while the GOP had voted to defund ObamaCare, the House had
The impassable roadblock now facing civilized society can be summed up in a single sentence: While radical Islam becomes increasingly intolerant of all others, the West has become hopelessly hooked on ‘Tolerance Overkill’. The U.S. is tolerating a president whose life’s passion is a poisonous hatred of America. Not a single Senator from either side of the political aisle has called Barack Hussein Obama out on his palpable hatred of the country that pays his heavy freight. This is where ‘Tolerance Overkill’ has already taken a not-so-long-ago free society: “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you!” The
SAN DIEGO — Jon Stewart really needs to be the one writing this column. Ladies and gentlemen, and baseball fans of all ages, we present to you: The Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Sen. John McCain. No spoof. The issue that gripped America on Friday: Did the Dodgers commit a breach of etiquette by jumping in the Arizona Diamondbacks´ pool to celebrate the National League West championship? Was this truly a matter of great importance in these United States? Must have been, because the senior senator from Arizona took to Twitter to let his position be known, in no uncertain terms.
The premium cable network has optioned New York Times best-seller Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, with Jerry Weintraub on board to executive produce. The telepic, much like the book by Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz, will offer an inside account of the attack against U.S. diplomatic and intelligence outposts in Benghazi, Libya. “I’m thrilled and excited that my next movie for HBO after Behind the Candelabra will be Under Fire. It is the only place I can imagine this tragic and emotionally gripping story being told,” said Weintraub, hot off of the 15 Emmy nominations for his Liberace film starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
At least 22 people are reported to be dead and 50 injured as a gun fight continues between police and armed men at a shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. One witness claimed gunmen told Muslims to stand up and leave and that only non-Muslims would be targeted. Security guards were seen wheeling out bloodstained bodies in shopping trolleys from upmarket mall in the Westlands district of the city, witnesses said, after the attack that broke out at midday today. Locals and tourists who had come out shopping on the sunny Saturday morning ran screaming from the building
Many Europeans complain about their high energy costs, largely due to their increasing dependence on renewables — the most costly energy sources. But European political parties as well as a majority of people still want government to promote costly options, especially wind and solar power. This is killing European economies. Electricity costs in Europe are more than double the cost of electricity in the U.S. High electricity costs make it difficult for businesses to operate if they need a lot of electricity. Their cost of electricity is high, and they might not be able to pass it on to consumers when